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A Hot-House Flower (1909) by Sir Edward John Poynter (1836-1919)
Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67746
Recording details: November 2010
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2011
Total duration: 10 minutes 13 seconds

'Roger Vignoles is very impressive indeed, readily catching the mood of each item and particularly sensitive in each song's beautifully conceived postlude … both artists are equally impressive in the strongly characterised Junghexenlied. Kiera Duffy is also appealing in the gentler songs' (Gramophone)

'Duffy's is a bright, light soprano with a stylish sense of phrasing and some rapturous top Bs in her armoury … it's fun to hear [Vignoles] exuberantly unleash chromatic tricks and sideslips in Mein Auge and at the halfway mark in Herr Lenz' (BBC Music Magazine)

Mädchenblumen, Op 22
composer
1886/8; dedicated to Hans Giessen; No 2 also dedicated to Marie Fleisch-Prell
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The four Mädchenblumen Op 22 are to texts by Felix Dahn, who also provided the verses for Schlichte Weisen Op 21. Although lacking the obvious charm and immediacy of the latter group, their rather literary sensibility and refined outlines seem to look forward to the Jugendstil or Art Nouveau, an aesthetic that derived its decorative motifs almost entirely from floral imagery. If one can get beyond the slightly sentimental, if not patronizing mindset inherent in comparing girls to particular flowers—in which Dahn’s verses have something of the professorial—the songs themselves deserve better than the comparative neglect with which they have generally been treated (to which admittedly their high tessitura has probably contributed). The complete set was dedicated to Hans Giessen, principal tenor at the Weimar Court Opera to which Strauss was appointed in 1889, and a regular performer of Strauss’s Lieder with the composer himself at the piano.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2011

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